BIO

Natsumi Jones is a Japanese artist working in glass and mixed media who lives and works in the UK. She is interested in the fragility, reflectivity and the ephemeral quality of glass and combining this with participatory art. She received a BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics degree from the University of Sunderland and won the National Glass Centre Prize with her final piece. She also won the New Graduate Review from the Contemporary Glass Society in the UK and followed up with the exhibition at the London Glassblowing Studio.

 

STATEMENT

My work captures and recreates the subtle moments or a scene in daily life that is unnoticeable or forgotten. I predominantly use glass to express these as I believe that the glass has many similar characteristics that reflect the day-to-day natural events such as fragility, ephemerality, fluidity, and reflectivity.

 

In my recent work, I focus on creating participatory installation artwork. I am interested in how the artwork changes with the interaction of people over time. Through this practice, I express a simple visualisation of the present through expressing people’s unknown connection through their intersecting paths.

 

I combine Japanese aesthetic sensibilities that I gained from growing up in a rural area of Japan and the dynamical western cultures that I experienced from life in the UK.

EDUCATION

2018   University of Sunderland, BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics

2013   Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Level 2 City & Guilds Stained Glass Sampling Unit

2009  University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   SICF20, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan (Forthcoming)

            The CGS February Open 2019, Online Exhibition, Contemporary Glass Society

            The 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, Tokyo, Japan

2018   New Graduate Review 2018, London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, London, UK

            Mackie's Corner, Sunderland, UK 

            Glass and Ceramics Degree Show 2018, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK 

2017   Glass as Social Practice, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

            Dry Run 2017, Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK

2016   Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, UK

            International Student Online Exhibition, Glass Art Society

PRIZES, SCHOLARSHIPS

2019   Shortlisted for the 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition,  Japan

2018   The Winner of New Graduate Review, Contemporary Glass Society, UK

             National Glass Centre Prize, Sunderland, UK

             Surface, Texture, Mark Making Class by Marina Hanser, The Studio at The Coning Museum of Glass, NY, USA

             Particle Theory Class by Anna Mlasowsky, Urban Glass, NY, USA

2017   Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK

            Glass as Social Practice Class by Anjali Srinivasan and Carmen Montoya, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

            Experimental Engraving Class by Pavlína Čambalová, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA

2016   Illuminating Space Class by Joanna Manousis, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA  

            Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 - Artist Assistant for Ayako Tani, Sunderland, UK

2018   Teaching Assistant for Anne Petters, Northlands Creative Glass, UK 

            Work Exchange at GAS Conference, Venice, Italy